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  1. Willie T

    Willie T Well-Known Member

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    I found this to be an interesting few words in a book that spoke of what Christianity is NOT.

    In 1611 A.D., King James of England authorized what became known as the Authorized Version, better known as the King James Version, of an English translation of the Bible. The "Christian religion" of that day was still engaged in competing belief-systems.

    King James hired translators to translate the Bible into English. The word for "teaching" in the English language of King James' time was "doctrine." The King James Version refers to the word "doctrine" 56 different times. But languages evolve, and the meanings of words change. So it is with the word "doctrine." Looking at a contemporary English dictionary you will discover that although "doctrine" used to mean "teaching" or "instruction," that definition is now regarded as "archaic" or "obsolete." What does the word "doctrine" mean in contemporary English? Webster's Collegiate Dictionary reads: "Doctrine a principle accepted by a body of believers or adherents to a philosophy or school; principles of knowledge or a system of belief." "Doctrinaire dictatorial or dogmatic." "Indoctrinate to imbue with a partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view or principle." Synonyms used for "indoctrinate" include "propagandize, program, brainwash, infect, instill, inculcate, etc." Is it any wonder that newer English translations tend to avoid the word "doctrine"? The New American Standard Bible, for example, uses the word "doctrine" only fourteen times, and even those are probably a carry-over of the traditionalism of ecclesiastical terminology. The Greek words, didache and didaskalia, should be consistently translated "teaching," except when reference is being made to "man-made doctrines" (Eph. 4:14; Col. 2:22; etc.)

    In contemporary English language "doctrine" has come to mean "A traditional belief-system as interpreted and accepted by a particular group of people." "Doctrinaire" means "to dogmatically assert a traditional belief-system as interpreted and accepted by a particular group of people." "Indoctrinate" implies "to propagandize or brainwash others with this traditional belief-system as interpreted and accepted by a particular group of people."

    Such a definition was most certainly not what the hearers intended when they listened to Jesus and "were astonished at His doctrine" (Luke 4:32 — KJV ). They were not "astonished at His traditional belief-system," rather they were "amazed at His teaching" (NASB). The teaching of Jesus was the extending, the offering, the demonstration of Himself His Life. His teaching was Life-teaching. The etymological root for the Greek word "teaching" had to do with "extending the hand" or "offering oneself." To demonstrate what is being taught; that is the way to teach Life!

    The fundamentalism and evangelicalism that predominate in popular "Christian religion" in America today tend to key in on "doctrine" as belief-system. That may be the reason they often prefer to retain the King James Version, and interpret the use of the word "doctrine" throughout the New Testament as their particular brand of formulated and fixated belief-system. These religious doctrinarians continue to indoctrinate others and perpetuate the factious and fractious denominationalism of differing belief-systems. Americans, with their fierce individualism and concepts of personal freedom, have elevated denominationalism to an all-time high, a real "religious science", with thousands of religious denominations, divided by disputed doctrinal belief-systems. Those involved in "Christian religion" today still think that Christianity is essentially consent to a particular doctrinal belief-system.

    This is, in fact, the definition of "fundamentalism," a grouping of people who has rigidly determined the "fundamentals" of their acceptable doctrinal belief-system. "Fundamentalism" is a word much used today. The newspapers and news reports are full of references to "Muslim fundamentalists" in Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt, etc.; "Hindu fundamentalists" in Sri Lanka; "Christian fundamentalists" barging at and bombing abortion clinics in the United States. Have you ever noticed that fundamentalists always fight? Why is that? They feel they have an obligation to defend the particular way they have stacked all of their doctrinal blocks in their belief-system.

    The fundamentalist "Christian religion" in general has allowed doctrine, their belief-system, to become the supreme issue. "Doctrine" becomes their basis of fellowship, acceptance, security, bonding, etc. It is a tragic misrepresentation of the Church when the basis of our commonality is calculated by doctrinal agreement, rather than the indwelling Lord Jesus Christ; when uniformity of doctrine is the primary issue instead of unity in Christ. How sad when much of what is called "Christian preaching" is but tirades against so-called "heretics" who do not stack the doctrinal fundamentals of their belief-system just like we do!

    Doctrine has been deified in "Christian religion" today. Doctrine has become their " god." It is a gross form of idolatry when one's properly-aligned stack of doctrinal ideas is elevated and revered to the extent that it must be defended at all costs, even to the point of terrorism, even to the point of dying for it.

    God alone is absolute and immutable. His attributes are exclusive to Himself. What God is, only God is. To attribute God's attributes to our doctrine and determine that our doctrine is absolute and unchangeable is to deify doctrine, and to engage in the absolutism that is indicative of fundamentalistic religion around the world.

    The Scottish preacher and teacher, James S. Stewart, wrote these words: "Those who have succeeded in defining doctrine most closely, have lost Christ most completely."

    Doctrines, belief-systems, will always be the focus of religion, but not of Christianity. Christianity is Christ! Jesus' teaching was about Himself. He is the essence of Christian teaching, contrary to what Buddha said about his religion.

    In Christianity, TRUTH is a Person, Jesus Christ. "Truth" is not just propositional truth statements within a belief-system of doctrinal theology by which orthodoxy is rationalistically determined. Jesus Christ is Truth! Jesus Christ is our Life! He is so exclusively; there is no other Way! John 14:6 - "I AM the way, the truth and the life."

    Christianity is not a belief-system. Christianity is Christ!
     
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    Episkopos Well-Known Member

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    The history of 'Churchianity" in a nutshell. Dead religious dogmatism from belief-systems.

    The funny thing is that God is not religious at all. And Christianity is a religion-buster...an anti-religion...but only when it is properly understood! :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Willie T

    Willie T Well-Known Member

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    They also mentioned our Forums in another section of the book:

    "When Christians proudly assert sole claim to absolute information and exact understanding of precise precepts of moral standards, they have set themselves up as gods on their own playground. When Christian presentation stoops to the level of mere apologetic reasoning and argument concerning tenets of mental assent, then the relativistic battleground is but a gory picture of the blind beating out the brains of the blind."
     
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    If it wasn't for Martin Luther and the like, the church would not be where it is. Of coarse they labeled heretics.
     
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    Yay!!! Good post...even if somewhat LONG!! :D

    Yes agree...the original word teaching, has now become the controlling , dictating word of "Doctrine"...elevated to some high position and meaning.

    "Teaching" - has become legalistic Doctrine and used as a sledge hammer to beat back for the purpose of control.

    I hate what the word doctrine has become in the hands of the legalists.
     
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    Nancy Well-Known Member

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    Good article. I totally agree that doctrine is simply "teachings of Christ". We humans just love to complicate all things biblical :(
    And I love this: "Those who have succeeded in defining doctrine most closely, have lost Christ most completely." For real!
     
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    It was a long article , I'm glad you quoted that bit...I missed it , but it is so so true. People get so hung up on crossing the T's and dotting the i's that it all loses a 'relationship ' in place of a head knowledge study'
    In past years I have found myself getting so caught up in finding what I believe is right and what I believe is wrong....that my prayer life goes out of the window and personal time spent with the Lord is shelved while I have my 'so important' studies to do .

    Some would much rather talk 'about Him' and the bible...than have a living relationship with Him.

    ....H
     
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    Nancy Well-Known Member

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    "Some would much rather talk 'about Him' and the bible...than have a living relationship with Him."
    WORD!!!
     
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    This sounds good BUT IT IS FALSE AND DECEPTIVE. Christianity is BOTH a belief system and Christ.

    As to your quote it is quite obvious as to where this writer is coming from -- an anti-KJV, anti-fundamentalist, anti-Bible doctrine perspective. He is another one of those deceivers who is not presenting the whole truth. He says *doctrine has become their god*. Well we could say to him *hatred of doctrine has become your god*.

    Willie, how come you are resorting to the writings of these liars when you know better?

    I notice quite a few praising this writer, but one needs to look behind his words to see his real agenda -- sowing the seeds of spiritual confusion.

    "Doctrine" in indeed a Bible word and it simply means Bible Truth -- the teachings of Christ and the apostles. So how many genuine Christians are against Bible truth?
     
  11. "ByGrace"

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    But that has always been the problem...those old men with white beards that decide for everyone else for the rest of time, and make ridged rules, what is doctrine and what is not true teaching.

    What makes them any more right than your interpretation of the scriptures?
    God says that the Holy Spirit is THE Teacher...
    Were they so much more holy? I think not.
     
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    Nancy Well-Known Member

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    "the Holy Spirit is THE Teacher..."
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    Most excellent of a read!
    Thanks for the sharing. :)

    Blessings,

    Much love in Christ, Not me
     
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    I am a Bible student and I love the Bible... reading it everyday, but what the article indicates has been done to a single word I see as having been done to the scriptures themselves. If we trust only the written Bible without having a direct connection with the one who originally inspired men to write down His words, we will find ourselves coming up short.
     
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  15. "ByGrace"

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    Amen John. AGREE
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    ( but that one little word is a word set to browbeat others )
     
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    Ok ByGrace, I got to call you on this.

    What happens if they like wheat breads? Lol

    (“don’t you hate auto-correct) :)

    Blessings,

    Giggling in Christ, Not me
     
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    "ByGrace" Well-Known Member

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    If I remember correctly we have a thread somewhere about miss spellings and auto corrects.

    I am bad at both spelling and missing an auto correct...because I am too lazy to read through what I have written.
    My old friend here @Enoch111 has had many a laugh at catching me.

    He hasn't done it lately, either I must have got better or there are just too many for him to catch me on now. :D
     
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    Enoch111 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think we should confuse theologians, scholars, or commentators with Bible doctrine. Bible doctrine is indeed the teaching of Christ and the apostles. It is Bible truth. And even the apostle John tells us that if any man rejects "the doctrine of Christ" he is an antichrist.

    2 JOHN 1
    9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine* of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine* of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
    10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine*, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
    11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

    Those are not just the words of John. They are the words of the Holy Spirit who repeats the phrase "the doctrine of Christ" TWICE in one verse. Does that make it important and critical? Absolutely. Did the King James Bible translate the Greek correctly? Absolutely.

    *Strong's Concordance
    didaché: doctrine, teaching
    Original Word: διδαχή, ῆς, ἡ
    Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
    Transliteration: didaché
    Phonetic Spelling: (did-akh-ay')
    Definition: doctrine, teaching
    Usage: teaching, doctrine, what is taught.


    HELPS Word-studies

    Cognate: 1322 didax (from 1321 /didáskō, "to teach") – established teaching, especially a "summarized" body of respected teaching (viewed as reliable, time-honored).

    Thayer's Greek Lexicon
    STRONGS NT 1322: διδαχή
    1. teaching, viz. that which is taught: Mark 1:27; John 7:16; Acts 17:19; Rom. (); ; 2 John 1:10; Revelation 2:24;ἡ διδαχή τίνος, one's doctrine, i. e. what he teaches:Matthew 7:28; Matthew 16:12; Matthew 22:33; Mark 1:22; Mark 11:18; Luke 4:32; John 18:19; Acts 5:28;Revelation 2:14f; ἡ διδαχή of God, τοῦ κυρίου, τοῦΧριστοῦ, the doctrine which has God, Christ, the Lord, for its author and supporter: John 7:17; Acts 13:12; 2 John 1:9; with the genitive of the object, doctrine, teaching, concerning something: Hebrews 6:2(Winer's Grammar, 187 (176); 192 (181); 551 (513)); plural Hebrews 13:9.

    Now we have A DECEIVER (as in the OP) coming along and deceiving gullible Christians that doctrine is worthless and is not a part of Christianity. So IS THE DEVIL BEHIND THIS ATTACK ON DOCTRINE? Absolutely.

    The reason there is so much spiritual confusion and fraudulent teaching today is that the evangelical and fundamental churches generally failed to properly, systematically, and biblically teach Bible doctrine to their members. And now we have the emergent and mega-churches which are further de-emphasizing doctrine or promoting false doctrines.
     
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    Don’t feel bad, I’m forever finding misspellings in my posts. Auto correct is suppose to be a friend, but I’m not quite sure??

    Blessings as we keep our eyes on Him.

    Much love in Christ, Not me
     
  20. Willie T

    Willie T Well-Known Member

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    Finding you mistaken on things is not a new thing, but, Boy, did you ever misread the OP.
     
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